Crooked House ebook

by Agatha Christie

Crooked House is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in March 1949 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 23 May of the same year.

Crooked House is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in March 1949 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 23 May of the same year. The action takes place in and near London in the autumn of 1947. Christie said this and Ordeal by Innocence were her favourites amongst her own works. The title refers to a nursery rhyme ("There Was a Crooked Man"), a common theme of the author

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Crooked House (published in 1949) is a whodunit novel by Agatha Christie. Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow. The first person narrator is Charles Hayward who, towards the end of the Second World War, occupies some post in Cairo. There he meets Sophia Leonides, who works for the Foreign Office there

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Crooked House, Agata Cristie Crooked House is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie first published in the US by Dodd, Mead and Company in March 1949 and in the UK by the Collins Crime Club on 23 May of the same year.

Agatha Christie describes Crooked House as one of the books that satisfied her the best. Crooked House was recently adapted for the screen by Sony Pictures. The film adaptation starring Gillian Anderson, Glenn Close and Max Irons aired in the UK and the US in 2017. The story was previously adapted for a four-part radio drama on BBC Radio 4 in 2008. Did you know? Agatha Christie once said "Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.

Agatha Christie is in my opinion the best female writer in the world, I have read nearly all of her books and seen nearly all of the shows made from her books, I wont divulge any plots of the book because if you are like me you dont wont to know the plots until you reach them in the book. But I do highly recomend this book. Наиболее популярные в Художественная литература.

She is the author of 80 crime novels and short story collections, 19 plays, and six novels under the name of Mary Westmacott. Библиографические данные. Hall large print book series) ISBN 0-8161-4463-X (Ig. print) ISBN 0-8161-4502-4 (Ig. pb) 1. Large type books. CROOKED HOUSE ^ One I first came to know Sophia Leonides in Egypt towards the end of the war. She held a fairly high administrative post in one of the Foreign Office departments out there. I knew her first in an official capacity, and I soon appreciated the efficiency that had brought her to the position she held, in spite of her youth (she was at that time just twenty two).

Now a Feature Film from Sony Pictures Starring Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, and Glenn Close 

Screenplay by Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey)

Look for the Sony On Demand Film Release in November 2017 – Theatrical Release in December 2017

Described by the Queen of Mystery herself as one of her favorites of her published works, Crooked House is a classic Agatha Christie thriller revolving around a devastating family mystery

The Leonides are one big happy family living in a sprawling, ramshackle mansion. That is until the head of the household, Aristide, is murdered with a fatal barbiturate injection.

Suspicion naturally falls on the old man’s young widow, fifty years his junior. But the murderer has reckoned without the tenacity of Charles Hayward, fiancé of the late millionaire’s granddaughter.

“Writing Crooked House was pure pleasure and I feel justified in my belief that it is one of my best.” --Agatha Christie


In the introduction to this book, the author says that it was an idea that she had been mulling over for many years before she finally got around to writing it. She also says that it is one of her favorites. It's not one of my favorites, although I enjoyed re-reading it, especially in light of what I know of the author's life.

It's a book about families and family relationships. By the time of its writing, Christie had lived through two world wars. She had been married twice and divorced once. She had raised a daughter and was enjoying being a grandmother. And she was (like all good writers) an observer. In her autobiography she says, "Now that I am older and have seen more and know more about men and women...."

The plot of this book revolves around the quirks of human nature as seen by a shrewd woman with decades of experience. The characters are believable because the reader senses that they were all based on people that the author had known. Christie knew that there are different kinds of ruthlessness and that most of us are capable of being ruthless (perhaps even to the point of committing murder) if the stakes are high enough. There are three murders and one suicide in this book and all occurred because someone found them necessary.

This is one of Christie's "stand-alone" mysteries. No Miss Marple. No Hercule Poirot. The narrator is a man whose young adult life has been consumed by WWII. He's familiar with crime because his father is Commissioner of Police and he's in love with the granddaughter of the first victim. He knows that when a murder goes unsolved, the innocent suffer as much (if not more) than the guilty and he's determined that his Sophia won't spend the rest of her life under a cloud of suspicion.

It's a good mystery with a horrifying, but inevitable conclusion. And it makes you think. I can see why Christie was proud of it.
This is a period book written in post-war Britain. The book is written in first person from the view of a man in love with a woman whose grandfather has recently been murdered. She and her entire family fervently hope the killer is the young wife of the grandfather, but they also harbor an equally fervent belief that the killer is actually one of them. The young woman will not marry until the cloud over the family is dispelled, so her lover, along with Scotland Yard, must solve the murder mystery.
This is my all-time favorite Christie and I've read it several times over the years. I was pleased to read in this edition that Dame Agatha also considered this to be one of her best. I bought this copy for my husband, who loves her books but had never read this one. He has mentioned it over and over since finishing it.

It is truly one of a kind and if you like her writing you should get ready to see a particularly dark corner of her mind.
Asking an author to choose the favorite book he or she wrote is often like asking a grandparent to choose a favorite grandchild; it results in a meaningless response like “they are all special to me.” Agatha Christie, perhaps the best pure mystery writer of all time, might be forgiven had she made a similar statement. However, Christie never hesitated in naming her two favorite books, one of which was “Crooked House” (she says as much in the introduction to this edition), and, after reading the book, I can understand why.

“Crooked House” take place in the English countryside shortly after World War II. A wealthy octogenarian businessman dies as a result of someone switching some eye drops for his insulin shortly before he received his daily injection. The man had a second wife some 50 years his junior, who quickly becomes the prime suspect, along with her boyfriend, and he also had a bunch of other relatives who all conveniently lived in the same house with him and who all possibly had financial and other motives to wish his demise sooner rather than later. Further, everyone in the house knew about and had access to the victim’s medications and that switching them could be fatal.

Despite Christie’s love for the book, “Crooked House” isn’t nearly as well known as many of her works, such as “Murder on the Orient Express.” The reason for this relative obscurity may well be that “Crooked House” does not feature either of Christie’s two famous detectives, Hercule Poirot or Miss Jane Marple. Instead, the narrator is Charles Hayward a diplomat who spent the war overseas and has just rekindled his romance with Sophia, the granddaughter of the dead businessman. Because Hayward’s father is a police officer, he is asked to stay at the house for a while and talk to the various witnesses in hopes of finding a clue.

Unlike many Christie novels, the solution to “Crooked House” does not depend on unraveling a lot of tiny bits of physical evidence to determine that Colonel Mustard was the only person who had access to the conservatory at the right moment. Instead, the clues are primarily psychological, and figuring out the killer requires figuring out which of the suspects has the temperament of a killer since pretty much everybody could have easily done it. Fortunately, Charles has one or two good scenes with each suspect, so he can make observations as to their guilty behavior or lack thereof.

With the clues primarily being psychological, “Crooked House” resembles one of those optical illusions that is impossible to spot unless you happen to look at it in just the right way. A number of people do figure out the killer’s identity, as judged by the reviews, while others it near impossible. No matter how adept the reader is, one thing is sure; like “Orient Express,” once readers finish “Crooked House,” it’s one they are almost sure to remember.

My admiration for the puzzle in “Crooked House” is tempered a bit by the book’s shortcomings as a novel. Charles is the epitome of the dull narrator—no exercising the little gray cells here—and his romance with Sophia, which other writers might take advantage to ratchet up the suspense is curiously tepid. The only function Charles serves is to provide the narration and give the suspects a shoulder to cry upon. And, although the characters are a bit quirky, readers never lose sight of the fact that “Crooked House” is essentially a book-length puzzle with characters that are given only as much development as needed to support the storyline.

“Crooked House” may only be a puzzle, but it’s a very good one, and one that readers will remember. Having read a number of Christie books over the years, I disagree with the author’s assessment that it’s the best of her work, but it’s still an enjoyable read for mystery fans.
And considering how enjoyable even her not so great writing is, that's high praise. Well drawn characters and a clever plot. Generally I dislike mysteries that are solved with a confession but this one works because, like the main character, you wonder how you missed all the clues.
This is one of Agatha Christie's lesser known stories, but she doesn't disappoint. A young man falls in love with a young woman in Egypt during the war. They become great friends and Charles subsequently falls in love with beautiful, mysterious Sophia Leonides. But he has two more years to go before he can return to England. When he does return, the first thing he does is look for Sophia. They are to meet for dinner in London, but she suddenly cannot make it. He learns of the death of her grandfather, who did not die naturally. Charles's father is with Scotland Yard and asks his son to go to Swinly Dean with one of the inspectors and scope out the situation. This is quintessential Agatha Christie English Country House Mystery.
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Agatha Christie
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William Morrow Paperbacks; Reissue edition (February 1, 2011)
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